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THE NOONER for July 3, 2015




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We'll be a bit short today, since most of you aren't working. Oh, and those forced to clock in today, admit it, you're not working.

TWO THUMBS UP:  New budget spurs Standard & Poor's to upgrade California's credit rating [Chris Megerian @ LAT] - "The state's new budget, which took effect Wednesday, "marks another step forward in the state's journey toward improved fiscal sustainability," said the agency's report. The upgrade, from A+ to AA-, was welcomed by state officials."

LIFE AFTER A RUN: Key Hillary Clinton aide honed her skills in Stanford athletics [Tom FitzGerald @ SFChron] = "Amanda Renteria doesn't shy away from challenges; she tried out for a WNBA team after three years off from basketball."

AD30 (Watsonville): Karina Cervantez Alejo preps for run at Assembly - "[Karina] Cervantez Alejo came to the Central Coast in 2001. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from UC Santa Cruz and is currently a doctoral candidate there. After moving to Watsonville, she met her future husband while they both worked on the campaign of a school board candidate."



BAD...BAD...BAD... UC Davis, other campuses boost nonresident enrollment [Diana Lambert @ SacBee] - "UC Davis will have one of the largest increases of nonresident freshmen among the UC campuses – 2,100 more than in 2014 – if all of them show up, according to information released Thursday. UC Davis has sent out 1,999 fewer acceptance letters to Californians than last fall."

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Assemblymember Rich Gordon and former Assemblymember Lloyd Levine! Fireworks for the weekend birthdays: SEIU's Alma Hernandez (Saturday), Swanee Edwards (Saturday), City of LA's Mike Altschule, LACCD trustee Andra Hoffman, and the Rural Counties's Randall Echevarria!



  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Development/Grant Writer at the Concord Administrative Office.  Responsibilities include developing language for multiple fundraising purposes including grant proposals, stewardship reports, appeal letters, newsletter articles and sponsorship packages. Additional duties include managing proposal submissions and maintaining accurate institutional funder records in Raisers' Edge.   We are also seeking a full-time Development Coordinator who will contribute to the efficiency of the organization’s fundraising activities by providing high level administrative support with an emphasis on coordination of Special Events logistics. Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to

  • The California Craft Brewers Association is seeking candidates for the open position of Association Assistant. This positions is a great opportunity to engage with and support the craft beer community. If you’re interested, please contact Scott Marks at

  • "Understanding Californias Voter Turnout Crisis" The Leadership California Institute is hosting a forum on Thursday, July 9th, at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento. This forum will convene key opinion leaders and experts across the state to discuss the root causes and address potential solutions to the 20 year downward trend in voter turnout. Registration is free and lunch will be provided at no cost. For a full list of speakers and to register:
  • Office Space for Rent
    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

  • LEARN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS and BEST PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE LOBBYING. Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's "Lobbying 101" / "Lobbying 201" seminars cover Legislative, Budget, Executive Branch and Regulatory Agency advocacy plus Media Relations. July 30-31, $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Energy Efficiency Program Manager (Electricity Markets and Policy Group)
    This position interacts with research scientists, project team members, and external customers to achieve program success. The position requires general knowledge of program management principles and skills, such as program planning, budgeting, and scheduling and computer-based spreadsheet and report generation tools to perform the work.

    To Apply:

    Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Click here to view the poster:Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.
  • ASSEMBLYMEMBER MATT DABABNEH discusses chairing the powerful Assembly banking committee in this exclusive interview:
    California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee is seeking a Manager to assist with expanding the business and programs of its for-profit video production studio, FireStar Studios. The Manager will oversee the daily operations of the Studio, manage production and administrative staff, identify and market new business and oversee client estimates, billings and cash flow.

    Qualifications: bachelor's degree; outstanding written and oral communication and organizational skills; creativity and ability to positively lead under tight deadlines.  To learn more about the position visit our website at


Will Union Members Stay If Friedrichs Wins Case Against Cta? :: Fox&hounds
The United States Supreme Court announcement that it will consider the Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association case next fall produced handwringing and dire predictions that this could result in the end of public unions. Those who make those statements must think that the public unions are not offering representation that their members want. If the court sides with teacher Rebecca Friedrichs who opposes mandatory union dues, mandatory dues would end but voluntary union dues can continue. If the union does what the members want they will continue to get support.

Legislators Tackle Transportation, Health Care Funding In Special Sessions | The California Report | Kqed News
But in order to raise taxes, Democrats will need some Republican votes.

Newsom, Though “barely Begun” In 2018 Gov’s Race, Raises $2.7 Million - Politics Blog
Gearing up for possible challenges from wealthy Democratic opponents three years before the 2018 gubernatorial race, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom raised $2.7 million in the first five months of...

The Rule Of Law: California Politics Podcast | Faultlines | Kqed News
From high drama in court to putting a new law on the books, this week’s theme in the world of California politics seems to have a decidedly legal feel to it.

New Study Says Hepatitis Drugs Could Cost State Taxpayers Billions
Jaws dropped earlier this year when Gov. Jerry Brown told the Legislature that he wanted to set aside $300 million for two years' worth of specialty drugs for Medi-Cal users, state prisoners and others covered by state health programs. Even with a general fund of more than $110 billion, $300 million is nothing to sneeze at.

Aetna To Buy Humana For $37 Billion, Creating Nation's No. 2 Health Insurer
AP Member Choice Complete @
Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana in a deal that would significantly bulk up its government business and create the nation's second-largest health insurer

California Property Tax Values Increasing | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
Bay Area counties lead parade

Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina Winning Over Skeptics
When it was Carly Fiorina’s turn to take the stage at a presidential forum in Oklahoma City, Noah Wolff was thinking of heading outside for a break.

2014-15 Agency Cash: Income Taxes $541m Above Governor's Projection
July 1, 2015

Man Accused Of Scrawling Graffiti Against Vaccine Law In Beverly Hills
Police in Beverly Hills arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of scrawling graffiti condemning California's new mandatory vaccine law, SB 277, in various locations around Los Angeles County.

Kentucky Clerk Against Same-sex Marriage: 'i Hope They Don't Sue Me'
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, county clerks across the country with religious objections have found themselves at the forefront of a political battle.

Billing Man To Send Him A Bill Shows Need For Class-action Suits
When it comes to healthcare costs, there's what you may owe the hospital, what you may owe your doctor and what you may owe the drugstore.

Complaints Against Police Drop To Lowest Level Since 1990 | The Sacramento Bee
Amid increasing national scrutiny over shootings of unarmed minorities by police, citizen complaints about police are at a 25-year low in California, according to a report from the state attorney general.

Fake Masonic Police Aimed To Improve Relations With Black Community, Lawyer Says
The trio accused of running a so-called Masonic police department created the agency in an attempt to improve relations between African Americans and law enforcement, said a lawyer for one of the three defendants. 

Third Firefighting Plane Briefly Grounded Because Of Drone | The Sacramento Bee
Authorities briefly grounded a U.S. Forest Service reconnaissance plane flying over a series of small wildfires in Northern California after a drone flew too close to the scene.

Mormon Voters: A Key Bloc Up For Grabs In Nevada Caucus Race
Before Heidi Wixom arrived at her neighborhood high school to cast a caucus vote in each of the last two presidential elections, she already had a steadfast favorite to support.

Man Accused Of Hitting 3 Cyclists Smiles, Talks, Pleads Not Guilty | The Sacramento Bee
Richard Chang @
Two teen victims suffered serious injuries

Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough Commend Decision to Delay Bill to Remove Junipero Serra's U.S. Capitol Statue
s statue from the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a statue of Sally Ride:

Folsom Opens New Water Play Areas After Reaching Reduction Goal | The Sacramento Bee
Ben Egel @
City exceeded state order to cut use in past year

Garcetti Stance On Homeless Crackdown Draws Critics From Both Sides
Faced this week with a choice between signing or vetoing controversial legislation that would crack down on homeless encampments, Mayor Eric Garcetti charted a complex middle course.